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Broiling L.A. will cool slightly on Sunday

July 18, 2010 |  8:30 am

Lytle Creek

Temperatures were expected to cool somewhat Sunday after Southern California had endured the first heat wave of the year.

The National Weather Service predicted temperatures in the 70s along the beaches with patchy clouds giving way to sun and around 90 in the L.A. Basin. But local valleys will see temperatures in the mid-90s, with some areas topping out at about 100 degrees.

Across Southern California on Saturday, people flocked to the coastline to seek relief from the heat wave. Crowds hauling boogie boards, fishing poles, kites, hula hoops and coolers drove toward the sea breeze Saturday as the fourth straight day of high temperatures persisted, particularly in the Valley and inland areas.

Many spent the day avoiding the outdoors, bouncing between air-conditioned cars and air-conditioned rooms. Others kept cool by reaching for light clothes and downing icy drinks.

The weather sent some street performers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre fleeing west to more comfortable zones.

That included Batman.

Decked in three head-to-toe layers of black leather and polyester, Maxwell Allen ditched Hollywood to round up tourists for photo ops by the Santa Monica Pier. His chin dripped sweat, but at least there, he was several degrees cooler.

Up the boardwalk, Sahin Kilci welcomed the warmth. More sun means more sales in the hat business. His kiosk, Amazing Hats, was filled with customers looking for headgear to block the rays.

"My sales have gone up by 30% in the last week," Kilci said, smiling.

-- Emeralda Bermudez

Photo: Amid sizzling heat on July 17, 2010, members of the Moreno and Vasquez families from Riverside frolic in the cool water of a stream flowing through San Bernardino National Forest. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times